Submitted August 16, 2022 by Sue Thatcher, Committee Chair
Goal of the event was to have residents get to know each other and participate in the national event which is designed for neighbors to meet each other as well as local law enforcement. In order to facilitate that the committee designed the following:
As residents arrived, they were greeted at a card table set up just outside the
office and had a name tag prepared. The tags were the “Hello my Name Is”
variety. I had handwritten “I love to:” towards the bottom and residents were
asked their name and what do you love to do? The idea was that residents would see others with the same interest and begin a conversation about that.
They were also given a 1/6 th piece of paper with 4 squares and a place for their name and apartment number. They were told that as they stopped at each
station the paper would be stamped and when it was full, they would trade it in
for their meal ticket. The paper was color coded by building, at 7:30PM there was a drawing from each building, the one with the most residents attending was for a $100.00 Fred Meyer gift card, second place building a $50.00 card and 3 rd place a $25.00 card.
The next station was outside the women/s restroom, where they were given another “my name is:” sticker with a name already on it. Each name was one half of a famous pair—peanut butter and jelly, Romeo and Juliet, etc. They were told to find their “match” and present themselves to the AGRC president and Arrowhead Gardens property manager located in the Community room, to
receive a prize. The prizes were purchased at the Dollar Tree and put into gift
bags, also from the Dollar Tree. The meal tickets were also to be issued there.
Next, they proceeded into the “living room” area, where table were staffed and
set up with information on: Volunteering, AGRC and Clubs and Committees. Eachtab le had a sign over it to label it. As they proceeded, they were given a stamp on their card. They were then directed into the Craft Room where there was a presentation on the Gardens Gazette for their 4th stamp.
Then they went into the Community room for socialization until the food trucks
opened at 6PM. Food was paid for by SHAG, prizes and decorations by AGRC with a $500.00 budget. (About $300.00 was actually spent, to purchase 100 gifts at Dollar Tree, Fred Meyer gift cards and miscellaneous supplies.
Police from our precinct were invited and two officers came, as well as another
who is the son of a resident.
At 7:30 PM Norm Bolden hosted music on the deck until 9PM.